The Far Empty

The Far Empty

by J. Todd Scott

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“[So] good I wish I’d written it. The poetic and bloody ground of west Texas has given birth to a powerful new voice in contemporary western crime fiction.”—Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire series

In this gritty crime debut set in the stark Texas borderlands, an unearthed skeleton will throw a small town into violent turmoil.

Seventeen-year-old Caleb Ross is adrift in the wake of the sudden disappearance of his mother more than a year ago, and is struggling to find his way out of the small Texas border town of Murfee. Chris Cherry is a newly minted sheriff’s deputy, a high school football hero who has reluctantly returned to his hometown. When skeletal remains are discovered in the surrounding badlands, the two are inexorably drawn together as their efforts to uncover Murfee’s darkest secrets lead them to the same terrifying suspect: Caleb’s father and Chris’s boss, the charismatic and feared Sheriff Standford “Judge” Ross.

Dark, elegiac, and violent, The Far Empty is a modern Western, a story of loss and escape set along the sharp edge of the Texas border. Told by a longtime federal agent who knows the region, it’s a debut novel you won’t soon forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735218857
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 179,665
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

J. Todd Scott has been a federal agent with the DEA for more than twenty years, working cases investigating international maritime smuggling, domestic meth labs, and Mexican cartels. He has a law degree from George Mason University and is a father of three. A Kentucky native, he now resides in the Southwest, which provided the backdrop for The Far Empty.

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What People are Saying About This

Ace Atkins

A haunting, gritty novel of modern Texas that brings to mind John Sayles's seminal film, Lone Star. As a real-life federal lawman, Scott not only knows the battered terrain but the wounded people who call it home. I loved the authenticity of this forgotten wasteland and the last breaths of the Code of the West.

Craig Johnson

J. Todd Scott's The Far Empty is so good I wish I'd written it. The poetic and bloody ground of West Texas has given birth to a powerful new voice in contemporary western crime fiction.

David Joy

Balancing both the brutal and beautiful, J. Todd Scott has delivered a story that hangs around the neck long after the final page. Fearless, searing prose that reeks of honesty, The Far Empty is as gritty and raw as sun-scorched earth.

Michael McGarrity

J. Todd Scott is the real deal. The Far Empty is an astonishing, accomplished debut crime novel worthy of award consideration.

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The Far Empty 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and well developed characters! Loved the ending. I must caution you about the racially offensive language, but it is spoken by evil and immoral persons. Buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next book from this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good.
HornFan2 More than 1 year ago
The Western genre made me love reading good verse evil themed yarns, the lawman themed stories are one of my favorites and it's so cool to see those elements happening in a modern day lawman novel like 'The Far Empty'. My first read from author J. Todd Scott, he grabs you the reader hook, line and sinker. With the Far Empty, he brings West Texas vividly too life, it reads like a movie, has a multiple interetwinning storyline, that takes you on a roller coaster read, strap yourself into your favorite reading spot and your in for a masterfully paced thrill read. For once I like the way he controls the flow, switching gears from fast to slow, depends on the character and got to say for once I was eagerly a waiting to see the demise of the Judge. You can't help but like Dep. Chris Cherry, Melissa, Anne, Caleb and America just bring it too life and without them 'The Far Empty' doesn't work. While I do think that the author wrote a masterpiece with this one. I would have made three minor changes that would have lead to an even more intense read and be a way cooler ending. 1.) With how badly Duane tormented Ame. It would have been cool too have her kill him verse how he actually wrote it. 2) Since Chris knew something was up when he and Duane went out to where the plane was or later on in the story when he was talking to the Judge, it seemed like he knew. So rather than make it unrealistic with him getting shot 3 times, yet kills three people and especially since it's meters away from an aorta to his heart. Keep the part about his leg giving out, his bum knee saves his life, he gets behind cover, that enables him to take out the three cartel people and survives to confront the Judge. 3) Since everything about the Sheriff Standford "Judge" Ross about the old West. Just seems way cooler to have his son Caleb to discover the scalps of his three wives in the attic, along with evidence of his corruption and have him end up standing trial verse dying a hero. This was an awesome debut read from author J. Todd Scott, 'The Far Empty' is a must read, it's one of those books that will influence your reading and definitely can't wait to read more from this series.
TchrofEnglish More than 1 year ago
Wow! It was so well done I was blown away. It is hard to read, though, as the subject material is upsetting but I will seek out more by J. Todd Scott as every character rings true- including the land. I look forward to his future works. The Far Empty was as well written as anything by Michael Connelly, Craig Johnson or Louise Penney. A masterful first novel.
nooklooker More than 1 year ago
I tried to get into this book but gave up after after way into it. Too many characters and perspectives that I was not emotionally involved in this story.
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Duells More than 1 year ago
Excellent Debut!!! I found out about this book via Twitter and I'm glad I did! I've read allot of books but I have yet to experience this type of writing style before. When I first started reading I want sure if I liked how it was written but it quickly grew on me. The town of Murfee has secrets and they are dark and sinister ones. You get to experience each of the main characters from their point of view and from the way other characters see them. I won't give any spoilers but this book is a must read. I wanted to read this book fast because it is so good but I slowed myself down because I didn't want to miss anything! Now to wait till next year for J. Todd Scott's next work!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sleeps naked on his bed a blanket covering his diq
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can we rp at res 12 u got locked out of are res.